It’s tough to talk about James Vincent McMorrow without referring to Justin Vernon, or at least to his Bon Iver records. Waif-like singer-songwriter follows intimate debut with confidently sonorous follow-up; clearly, there are big similarities between the Irishman and his Wisconsin model. If only McMorrow’s second album were quite in the same class as ‘Bon Iver’. ‘Post Tropical’ isn’t without its charm. McMorrow’s arresting falsetto cuts through the expansive production, and his delivery can sometimes recall Jeff Buckley (‘Red Dust’) and even the more obviously soulful likes of Corinne Bailey Rae. But aside from album opener “Cavalier” and the enigmatic ‘All Points’, the slightly uninspiring songs on ‘Post Tropical’ won’t rid him of the Vernon elephant-in-the –room any time soon.


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